12 Days of Anime #1: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Hello everyone.

It is that time of year again. If you don’t know what the 12 Days thing is, then go read Scamp’s call to arms. Basically, it is just an excuse to make 12 posts.

I have done this 12 Day thing twice before and I have sort of built my own set of guidelines for it.

My posts are not really in any meaningful order. There is a loose chronological order (by anime air date) but that’s it. I don’t necessarily like my #1 anime more than my #12 nor my #12 more than my #1.

More importantly, instead of focusing on 12 or so memorable moments like most people, I prefer to focus on memorable anime. Each post then becomes a simple collection of memorable moments in that anime.

I do this primarily because I don’t really blog much anime throughout the year. These posts are sort of my lost shot at saying something good about anime I really liked.

All that said, I do break my own guidelines quite often but we will get to that when the time comes. For now, let us recall Winter’s hot blooded blockbuster, JOJO!

I already made a 12 Days post on Jojo (as well as several other Jojo posts) but because a good chunk of the anime (not to mention the better chunk) aired in 2013, I was unable to cover some of its best moments.

I do apologize though. I haven’t rewatched JoJo since it finished airing early this year so I have forgotten many of the memorable moments.

Most Memorable Moment

Caesar vs Wham

JoJo Caesar Wham Rainbow

In a world full of cute girls tripping on perfectly flat floors, it is always great when we get a great fight. It is even better when you have a fight that is infused with incredible tactics, split second decisions, incredible background music and an oh so satisfyingly depressing ending.

The Caesar vs Wham fight was all of those and perhaps even more. It was a fight between two incredibly strong warriors but it was less about the techniques they used and more about how they used them.

JoJo Wham lit up

Caesar’s lens bubble thing was an incredibly smart move. He kept launching disks at Wham and in the process of blocking/dodging them, Wham did not realize that Caesar had filled the hallway with his bubble lenses. That brilliant bit of thinking landed Caesar the match but a single misstep, a single miscalculation was enough to cost Caesar his life.

And that is probably the most incredible thing in this fight. It was a fight where both participants took advantage of every weakness and every opening to win. And these were split second decisions made without hesitation.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Wham's Fall

Wham’s eventual victory was even foreshadowed earlier. When Caesar cut his legs, Wham fell back but he didn’t try to stop his fall because he wanted to use Caesar as a launch pad. It was that kind of thinking and experience that let Wham win. He didn’t win because he was stronger than Caesar; he won because he was a far more experienced warrior.

After taking the sandstorm, Caesar got back up. In a more naive Shonen, this would have been the point where he’d get a random powerup but naturally that didn’t happen here. He got back up not because he wanted to win or live but because he wanted to die without regret.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Caesar's Death

That was incredible.

Both JoJo and Lisa Lisa suffered a heavy blow when they realized Caesar was gone. JoJo got visibly upset at Caesar’s death and then got angry that Lisa Lisa wasn’t upset only to realize a second later that she was in fact very upset.

"Master Lisa Lisa... your cigarette is backwards."

“Master Lisa Lisa… your cigarette is backwards.” What an incredible moment.

Like any self-respecting protagonist, JoJo got over Caesar’s death. He made a promise to live on and carry Caesar’s will. Then as if to clear away any doubt of Caesar’s demise, the sun came out.

I love the cross imagery and the fact that the sunlight (the lack of which killed Caesar) was what illuminated his grave.

JoJo and Lisa Lisa had accepted Caesar’s death but the finality of it had not been made clear to them. Seeing Caesar’s blood creep out from under debris drove the point home. There was no use in putting on facades or fake shows of strength anymore. Caesar was dead.

Seeing two incredibly strong characters cry their hearts out in enemy territory was definitely one of this year’s most memorable moments and it was made all the better because of that incredible background music.

JoJo Lisa Lisa Cry

Other Memorable Moments

There are probably far too many great scenes in JoJo for me to list here but let’s see if I can list a few things.

The Poses

JoJo Cars' pose

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure pose of the pillar men

The incredible poses are as much a part of JoJo’s aesthetic as the fashionable clothing, the colorful visuals and the overly muscular men. JoJo just wouldn’t be JoJo without these poses.

If you don’t like the poses then you probably don’t like JoJo. If you don’t like JoJo then you probably don’t like the poses.

The Soundtrack

Both the opening and ending had spectacular visuals.

Both the opening and ending had spectacular visuals.

There is very little to say about the opening and the ending at this point. Both the BloodyStream opening and the Roundabout ending have become iconic sequences and will be fondly remembered/listened to for a long time.

But you know, the rest of the background music was incredible as well. For example, the scene right after Caesar’s death featured an incredible score.

Cars gets defeated

JoJo_117.

I already talked about Cars’ defeat here so I am going to say much more but that was an incredibly fun, action packed fight. It was a great way to end the 2nd JoJo season.

Cars kills a squirrel

Given how he ended up, it is easy to forget that Cars actually started out as a seemingly cold, constantly calculating individual. He had a strange personality. He was nowhere near as eager to fight as Wham or AC/DC nor was he particularly interested in humans.

He spent his time working towards his eventual goal in near silence. And yet, this seemingly cold individual often showed compassion for living things like little animals and plants.

Cars went out of his way to make sure this little flower wouldn't get crushed.

Cars went out of his way to make sure this little flower wouldn’t get crushed.

When he changed into the “ultimate being”, the first thing Cars did was turn his hand into a squirrel.

That squirrel then went and flirted with a wild squirrel before viciously eating her. It then proceeded to attack and kill many of the soldiers.

JoJo Squirrel

The rapid squirrel was not only a great way to show how Cars’ had physically changed but more importantly, it demonstrated just how self-absorbed he had become.

He no longer cared the slightest about little, cute animals or any other living that for that matter.

"Stroheim screamed as the squirrel entered him...."

“Stroheim screamed as the squirrel entered him….” or something

Cars laughs

I loved the zoom in zoom out effect.

I loved the zoom in zoom out effect.

In that last section, I talked about how Cars’ changed but there were breaks in his cold persona even earlier on in the anime. If memory serves me correctly, the first time we saw him act differently was when he fell down the cliff after a brief skirmish with JoJo.

Cars was laughing. That was unexpected.

Joseph Joestar

Joseph's play on Wham's honor was a very smart move.

Joseph’s play on Wham’s honor was a very smart move.

Joseph was an excellent protagonist. He used his head when brawling and perhaps more importantly, he didn’t let things like pride or honor cloud his decision making. It is what made him a formidable enemy. He was a far more entertaining character than his grandfather.

The Backstories

Even Joseph's dad could strike an attractive pose or two.

Even Joseph’s dad could strike an attractive pose or two.

I really liked the backstories given to certain characters. I was quite fond of the sad Lisa Lisa backstory (I did not think for a second that she was Joseph’s mother) as well as Caesar’s slightly ridiculous but still sad story.

Speedwagon

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Speedwagon

Speedwagon was not only instrumental to the story by providing much needed assistance through his SpeedWagon foundation but more importantly, he provided commentary the whole time.

It is hard to believe that if and when Stardust Crusaders airs, it won’t have Speedwagon. I will miss his enthusiastic, but totally obvious commentary.

ACDC cries

JoJo ACDC crying

ACDC and innuendo

Something, something about pouring his hot blood into JoJo (I seem to have lost my captions for some reason)

Something, something about pouring his hot blood into JoJo (I seem to have lost my captions for some reason)

p.s. I wrote a post on that ACDC fight.

Bro-heim!

jojo_stroheim

Stroheim may have been a Nazi but he was clearly awesome.

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  1. #1 by milesvibritannia on February 14, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    JoJo’s quite brilliant indeed, I loved Battle Tendency in the manga and I loved it just as much watching it all animated. Caesar vs Wham was a fantastic match, as was Joseph vs Wham. The fabulous poses really do contribute a lot to JoJo’s sense of style and it definitely wouldn’t be JoJo without them. And that squirrel moment was quite memorable indeed, particularly with how the anime played dubstep while the Cars squirrel devoured the other squirrel and proceeded to wreck Nazis. Just another day in the life of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure I suppose.

    • #2 by Reiseng on February 16, 2014 - 11:59 pm

      Yup! All of the fights involving Wham and all of the poses were wonderful.

      I totally forgot to mention the dubstep, but yes, you correct. The dubstep just amplified an already crazy scene. Can’t have JoJo without going all the way to the top, now can we?!

      Thanks for the comment!

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